Summer Math Camp
Courses offered in our Summer Math Camps
– Advanced Middle School Math (Recommended for advanced 6th, 7th and 8th Graders)
– Advanced High School Math (Recommended for advanced 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Graders)
(will be updated for our Summer 2023 camp)
Location: Classes will be held at Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Residential Students will stay at Harvard Square.
Ages: 11-18 for residential students, 9-18 for day students.
Tuition: Please see below. (Installment plans are available)
Please scroll down for more information.
Master Math in an Intensive Camp This Summer!
CyberMath Academy’s Summer Math Camp in Boston, MA is a selective summer program for students who would like to sharpen their math skills in the inspiring and motivating atmosphere of an Ivy League College. Our math camp provides a challenging environment in summer for students in which they master mathematics with the participation of brilliant students from all over the globe.
Courses to Choose From and Who The Summer Math Camp is For
– Advanced Middle School Math
– Advanced High School Math
Please visit our course catalog for more information on our courses!
Please see our faculty page for our instructors. Summer Math Camp instructors will be some of the instructors listed on our faculty page or other outstanding teachers with similar credentials.
Guest Lectures by Harvard, MIT Researchers
Harvard, MIT Campus Tours and Lab Visits
Harvard and MIT Campus Tours and laboratory visits are scheduled each year.
We will visit the historical places to see first-hand where the United States was founded and learn about its history. Walk along The Freedom Trail, try many tastes at Quincy Market, when tired of walking hop on a Duck Tour and take a walk along Charles River. Feel smarter (pronounced SMAHTAH) at Harvard Square.
Schedule of Activities
|June 2023||Admissions Exam* (TBD)|
|Sat, July 15||International Students Arrive|
|Sun, July 16||Residential Students Arrive||
Orientation, Time at Harvard Square
|Mon, July 17||Opening||Guest Lecture|
|Tue, July 18||Math Classes||Study Time|
|Wed, July 19||Math Classes||Study Time|
|Thu, July 20||Math Classes||Harvard Campus Tour, Students’ Forum|
|Fri, July 21||Math Classes||MIT Campus Tour|
|Sat, July 22||Boston City Tour for Residential Students||Activities, Field Trips|
|Sun, July 23||Activities, Field Trips|
|Mon, July 24||Math Classes||Study Time|
|Tue, July 25||Math Classes||Study Time|
|Wed, July 26||Math Classes||Study Time|
|Thu, July 27||Math Classes||Study Time|
|Fri, July 28||Math Classes, Final Exams||Award Ceremony|
|Sat, July 29||Academic Counseling for Int. Students||Study Planning for Int. Students|
|Domestic Residential Students Depart|
|Sun, July 30||International Students Depart|
* Will also have an in-person administration in Boston on Sunday, July 16. Check email for further details/instructions in June.
|7:15 am – 8:15 am||Breakfast||Residential Students Only|
|8:15 am – 8:45 am||Day students arrive|
|9:00 am – 1:00 pm||Morning Classes|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||Lunch and Activity time||Conversation with teachers/counselors|
|2:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Afternoon Activities||Tests, Competitions, Activities, Trips|
|4:30 pm – 5:00 pm||Day students depart|
|5:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Free time||Residential Students Only*|
|6:00 pm – 7:15 pm||Dinner||Residential Students Only*|
|7:30 pm – 9:30 pm||Study Time||Residential Students Only*|
|9:30 pm – 10:30 pm||Free Time||Residential Students Only|
|10:45 pm||Lights Out||Residential Students Only|
*Day students who wish to attend supervised evening recreational and academic activities at the residential program may do so for an additional fee. The cost will be $200 (including dinner and all activities).
Domestic residential and international students who will be staying with us overnight at our summer math camp are expected to arrive at Boston Logan International Airport or at the camp site between 7 am – 7 pm on July 16th. For tuition and fees, please see below.
Tuition and Deadlines
|Tuition Type||Deadline||Day Student||Residential Student|
|Early Registration||January 1st||$2,785||$6,450|
|Regular Registration||April 17th||$2,985||$6,950|
|Late Registration||June 1st||$3,185||$7,350|
|Super-Late Registration||Until camp starts if there is available seats||$3,385||$7,650|
Residential Tuition covers classes & teaching materials, activities, accommodation, meals and in-camp transportation. Payment must be made by the deadlines listed above to benefit from discounts.
International Students’ Fee: Additional $585.
Airport Pickup/Dropoff fee: $100 each
Lunch Fee for Day Students: $282 (Day Students might choose to bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at the University.)
You can save up to $1200 by registering early!
Admissions and Placement
Please fill out the form below to apply. Please provide as much detailed information on the student’s background as possible:
Background Information (not required for returning students): Please provide the student’s background. Please include student’s academic achievements, GPA, any Honors or AP Courses taken, competition experience, any year-round or summer advanced courses/camps that the student has participated in.
We will get back to you with an admission decision and payment details if the student is admitted. All students will take a placement test on the first instructional day of our summer camps and will be assigned to their appropriate groups. We continuously monitor our students’ progress throughout the camp and make adjustments to their assignments when necessary. If you would like to discuss your child’s placement, please do not hesitate to give us a call or email us at [email protected]
Slides for our Summer Camp Info Session are available here.
Here is a workshop/lecture on LaTeX, TikZ, and Beamer from our Academic Coordinator!
Summer Math Camp Application
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do CyberMath classes cover?
The Course Catalog page gives a sense of what our classes are like, including areas emphasized, theory/computation/example/application balance, and school math/competition math balance. In previous years, our camps were competition-oriented, and partially intended to help prepare campers for success in math competitions. Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, we are redesigning our curriculum to be more focused on the broader reasoning and mathematical communication skills that are essential to success in K-12 math, undergraduate-level math, and research-level mathematics, including formal mathematical writing. This might include, for example, mathematical logic and writing exercises (especially writing formal proofs), problems more focused on extending the school math curriculum, time spent on interactive, real-world applications rather than purely theory-based lectures, and/or active engagement projects in the form of having students create their own problems/assessments summarizing what they have learned and extending it to broader concepts.
- Which class should I enroll in?
The right class for you might depend on several factors, including, but not limited to: school math classes taken and grades in those classes, AP/IB exams taken and scores, competition math background (if any), including scores on the MATHCOUNTS/AMC 8/AMC 10/AMC 12/AIME/USA(J)MO competitions, level of independent motivation, and placement exam result.
The difficulty of the placement exam will fluctuate from year to year, but in 2022, a score of 70% or better on the Foundations Exam was the cutoff for High School Mastery, and a score of 50% or better was the cutoff for High School Foundations. (Students scoring slightly below these cutoffs had had their applications re-examined more closely, particularly their competition background.)
The 2022 exams are provided on the Past Exams page, which will be updated to include future years’ placement exams as well. (See “How do the placement exams work?” below for more details on exam administration.) One can use these as approximate benchmarks to gauge readiness for each of our classes.
- Are there any age limits?
We do not have any lower age/grade limits. Students may enroll in Advanced Middle School Math so long as they have not yet started high school (9th grade equivalent and above), and Advanced High School Math so long as they are not yet enrolled at a post-secondary institution. (If you are already in college, we would strongly encourage you to consider applying to teach at our camps!) In past years, we’ve had students as young as 5th grade in our Advanced High School Math camp, and as young as 3rd grade in our Advanced Middle School Math camp.
- How do the placement exams work?
Each year before our summer camps (typically in June), we offer placement exams that are taken online through Gradescope, a platform for students to take the test and submit their answers. Students will be monitored through Zoom proctoring (they must join a specified Zoom meeting to take the exam, or their score will not count). There are two exams: a Middle School exam, which is meant to reflect the content taught in the Advanced Middle School Math course, and a High School Exam, a more difficult exam meant to reflect the content taught in the Advanced High School Math course. Students may elect to take the Middle School Exam only, the High School Exam only, or both exams. If a student takes both exams, only the better of their two exam results will be considered for placement.
- Does CyberMath Academy provide grades, certificates, or other verification of camp completion?
CyberMath provides letter grades on an A-F scale to each student, along with comments on the student’s performance during the camp and suggestions for future study. These grades are purely informational, and are NOT intended for any other purpose (including, but not limited to, school credit, placing out of college courses, and/or college admissions). Please note that there is no fixed percentage –> letter grade correspondence; each instructor has the flexibility to decide what levels of performance correspond to which grades. There is also no “curve,” meaning that certain grades do not have fixed percentages of students receiving those grades (e.g. 10% receive an A, 25% receive a B, etc). Grading is purely based on objective understanding of the material. As a general rule, the letter grades assume their standard meanings (A = excellent, B = good, C = fair, D = passing, F = not quite ready to advance to next level).
We will also provide a Certificate of Completion to every student at the Awards Ceremony, upon completion of the camp. Students who earn a grade of B or higher may also be eligible for a Certificate of Mastery.
- Can CyberMath Academy instructors/staff write a letter of recommendation for my student?
Although our faculty are not obligated to write letters of recommendation, we may consider doing so on a case-by-case basis. Please email [email protected] with your student’s name, the class they attended, the year, the instructor, what grade they received, and (if possible) samples of their work during the camp. The instructor and our coordinators will be in contact with you regarding writing a letter of recommendation for them, if it is ultimately deemed to be in the best interest of all involved. This will usually entail several different factors, including, but not limited to:
- having received a grade of A- or higher in the class (although there may be exceptions);
- having been an active and respectful participant in class and in camp-wide activities;
- upholding the core values of honor, integrity, and ethicality;
- and otherwise having demonstrated an exceptional level of interest and/or significant involvement in the mathematical community.
We recommend providing at least two weeks’ notice in requesting a recommendation letter; otherwise, we cannot guarantee that the letter can be written on time.
We will strictly comply with FERPA federal law regarding recommendation letters. Unfortunately, this means that certain requests to view a recommendation letter may not be granted.
- Are there any other special requirements for certain classes?
We do not have strict prerequisites for any course, but if you are comfortable with proof-based math and/or pre-calculus, we would strongly recommend that you apply for our High School Mastery course. The High School Mastery course will emphasize mathematical communication and collaboration, so it is strongly encouraged that you bring a computer or tablet to complete projects. It’s also recommended for Mastery students to have some passing familiarity with LaTeX before coming to the camp. Our 2-hour LaTeX workshop (on this page) gives a cursory introduction, but you are encouraged to use the workshop as a starting point and supplement it with your own research and practice with these tools.
- What is the social atmosphere like?
Our students work together on brain-stretching problems during classes, chat, play sports, and have fun during free time and study hour, and have plenty of opportunities to bond with each other — and our teachers and chaperones — during the outdoor activities and field trips. There’s never a dull moment — our pictures tell all!
- What are daily activities outside of classes like?
We’ve had a wide variety of team sports, recreational activities like bowling and visits to malls and museums, time with our chaperones, and even a Duck Tour around Boston. See our Info Session slides for more!